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| Last Updated:: 24/11/2022

How preserving forests could save the Indian giant squirrel



by Sneha Mahale – Mongabay India




  • Among the four global giant squirrels, the Indian giant squirrel is endemic to India.

  • It plays an essential role in balancing the forest’s ecological systems by aiding in seed dispersal. It is also an indicator species, and its presence is indicative of a healthy forest.

  • Its numbers are on the decline though, which is why the conservation of IGS needs a holistic approach where the focus is on habitat conservation, identification and protection of specific trees which are preferred by IGS, prevention of habitat fragmentation and reduction of human interference